Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro says he’s ready to go in Game 2 versus Sabres

It was DiPietro’s first game since March 25, when he sustained his second concussion in a 12-day span. The 25-year-old goalie took part in his first team practice Friday, with the Islanders hoping DiPietro’s presence can bolster them after a 4-1 loss to the Sabres on Thursday in Game 1 of the best-of-seven, Eastern Conference series.

“I feel good, I did everything I normally would before a game,” DiPietro said after taking part in the pre-game skate Saturday. “I’m ready to play.”

“If he says he wants to play, he’s going to play,” Islanders coach Ted Nolan said.

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DiPietro, the first pick in the 2000 NHL draft, tied an Islanders record with 32 victories this season, his first since signing a 15-year contract. He also went 3-0-2 in his final six regular-season appearances.

The Islanders sneaked into the playoffs by winning their final four games behind minor-leaguer Wade Dubielewicz, who took over after backup Mike Dunham faltered. Dubielewicz, sharp in stopping 31 shots in his NHL playoff debut Thursday, served as DiPietro’s backup Saturday.